Jack and Richard’s journey into work with MACE and the University of Manchester Construction Academy

The University of Manchester and MACE 

Mace were appointed as Construction Manager in 2015   to deliver the University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School construction project. During this time they have been working with University of Manchester Construction Academy to support local people into employment within the construction sector.

The University of Manchester’s Construction Academy has supported MACE in identifying local people in order to give them the opportunity to get back in to employment.  The standard of feedback from the sites involved in regards to the workers that have been provided has been very positive.

MACE has found working with the Construction Academy to be very straightforward and has helped them create work opportunities for local people on local projects.

During 2017 MACE and their trade contractors have employed 6 individuals via the Construction Academy across a number of North West projects.

‘We are proud of the successes that we have achieved in securing sustainable employment and training for members of the local community engaged on the AMBS project. The Construction Academy team have actively supported the project attending many meeting with us and our supply chain.’  Ian Goddard – Mace Project Director

Jack Greenhalgh

Jack Greenhalgh - MACE

Jack started working for McCrory brickwork in March 2017.  Jack secured his job via the University Of Manchester Construction Academy, initially working on a different construction project in Stockport.  Before working with McCrory Brickwork, Jack had previously worked on small domestic projects and this opportunity enabled Jack to enhance his work experience and gain exposure to large scale construction building projects.

“Since starting for McCrory Brickwork, I have worked on several large projects and have done a variety of jobs on site, from brick and blockwork to mastic sealant and lots more in between.    I feel in the last 9 months my career has developed considerably, and I feel more confident in my work thanks to the opportunity I have been given. I now feel like I have job security working for McCrory Brickwork and I know I can develop my career in the construction industry further.”

Richard Dobson

Richard Dobson - MACE

Early in 2017 Richard was unemployed and keen to get back into the construction sector after a number of years being unemployed. After a meeting with his work coach he was referred to the University of Manchester Construction Academy at The Works in Moss Side.

At this appointment Richard was informed about the new job opportunities that had been created at McCrory Brickwork. Richard already had a CSCS card from a previous labouring job and following an interview with his job coach it was clear that his previous experience and industry knowledge matched the requirements that McCrory had.

Richard met the McCrory team and was offered a position immediately and started working for them in March 2017 as a labourer.  Over the last 9 months Richard has worked on Manchester Business School and has been bricklaying, patching and general labouring and recently transferred of the agencies payroll and became self-employed

“Before working with McCrory my confidence was low.  I have really enjoyed working with the team and feel that my confidence has grown a lot.  I have been working on the Alliance Manchester Business School project doing bricklaying, patching and general labouring. I have really enjoyed seeing the construction project develop. I am also in the process of signing up to register to work towards my NVQ level 2 in Brickwork so I can upgrade my CSCS card and become fully qualified”. 

MACE McCrory Brick

Building a better future

A Manchester-based construction company has received an award for supporting long-term unemployed people into work in partnership with the University

The Works (sign)

Willmott Dixon was recognised by the Skills for Business Awards 2017 for its work a key partner in The University of Manchester’s Construction Academy. The Academy launched in 2015 to offer pre-employment training, apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry for unemployed people across Greater Manchester.

In partnership with the Construction Academy, Willmott Dixon has supported over 30 economically inactive people into careers in the construction sector – to become active members of society and begin their careers and support their families.

The Academy operates via The Works, the University’s not-for-profit, award winning, employment and skills centre, working with construction partners to support Greater Manchester residents into the opportunities created by the Campus Masterplan, the University’s ten year scheme to create a world-class estate.

The University’s Assistant Director of HR Steve Grant, who developed the academy, said: “I am delighted that Wilmott Dixon has been recognised at the 2017 Skills for Business Awards. I have been very impressed by the company’s commitment to supporting the University to ensure that our campus development delivers local benefit by creating job opportunities for unemployed Greater Manchester residents.”